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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
August 13
Philip My King
By Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826–1887)
 
        
“Who bears upon his baby brow the round and top of sovereignty.”
  Philip Bourke Marston was an English poet who was born on August 13, 1850. He became blind at an early age.

LOOK at me with thy large brown eyes,
    Philip, my King!
For round thee the purple shadow lies
Of babyhood’s regal dignities.
Lay on my neck thy tiny hand        5
  With Love’s invisible sceptre laden;
I am thine Esther, to command
  Till thou shalt find thy queen-handmaiden,
    Philip, my King!
 
Oh, the day when thou goest a-wooing,        10
    Philip, my King!
When those beautiful lips are suing,
And, some gentle heart’s bars undoing,
Thou dost enter, love-crowned, and there
  Sittest all glorified!—Rule kindly,        15
Tenderly, over thy kingdom fair;
  For we that love, ah! we love so blindly,
    Philip, my King!
 
I gaze from thy sweet mouth up to thy brow,
    Philip, my King!        20
Ay, there lies the spirit, all sleeping now,
That may rise like a giant, and make men bow
As to one God-throned amidst his peers.
  My Saul, than thy brethren higher and fairer,
Let me behold thee in coming years!        25
  Yet thy head needeth a circlet rarer,
    Philip, my King—
 
A wreath, not of gold, but palm! One day,
    Philip, my King!
Thou too must tread, as we tread, a way        30
Thorny, and bitter, and cold, and gray;
Rebels within thee, and foes without
  Will snatch at thy crown. But go on, glorious,
Martyr, yet monarch! till angels shout,
  As thou sittest at the feet of God victorious,        35
    “Philip, the King!”
 
 
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